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Two Charged With Tampering In 2000 Rape, Slaying, Burning

MAYFIELD, KY — (AP) Two people have been indicted on charges of evidence tampering, accused of burning the body of a teenage Mayfield mother who was raped and killed in 2000.

A Graves County grand jury indicted Issac Benjamin, 22, and Lynn Austin Leech, 27, on two counts each of tampering with evidence. Grand jurors also indicted Leech on one count of perjury.

Leech was released from the Graves County jail after paying a $5,000 cash bond, and Benjamin was transferred to another facility. His whereabouts Friday were unknown.

The indictments alleged that Benjamin and Leech removed, concealed or mutilated Jessica Currin's body, then burned it. The perjury charge against Leech stems from his grand jury testimony in October 2004 in the case.

At that time, he testified that he knew nothing about Currin's death and never met Quincy Omar Cross, her convicted killer. The grand jury alleged that was a lie.

Cross, 31, of Tiptonville, Tenn., was convicted of murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of the 18-year-old Currin in April. Currin's burned and beaten body was found Aug. 1, 2000, behind Mayfield Middle School.

Two co-defendants, Tamara Caldwell of Mayfield and Jeffery Burton of West Paducah, are expected to go on trial in September. Two others originally charged in the case, Victoria Caldwell and Vinisha Stubblefield, pleaded guilty to evidence tampering and abuse of a corpse and testified against Cross last month.

A third person, 27-year-old Rosie Crice, has been charged with perjury after prosecutors said she made false statements during Cross's trial. Crice is Caldwell's sister.

Currin had an infant son, Zion, at the time of her death. The case remained unsolved for seven years, prompting protests by Currin's family and supporters.


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